Heron Val­ley hit the road for sum­mer of song and fes­ti­vals

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A young Ar­gyll band has been tipped for the top af­ter the re­lease of their de­but al­bum.

Folk band, Heron Val­ley, re­cently re­leased their de­but al­bum, ROAM, to great ac­claim and to mark the of­fi­cial launch of the al­bum, the band is em­bark­ing on a sum­mer-long tour through­out Scot­land.

The band, who formed while they were still at school, re­cently trekked up Beinn an Lochain, Rest and Be Thank­ful, at 4am to film their lat­est mu­sic video for their sin­gle,

Home – com­plete with all in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing a pi­ano.

Alex Mack­ech­nie, fid­dle player with Heron Val­ley, said: ‘ We’ve had a fan­tas­tic year, play­ing at some great venues and this sum­mer we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to our al­bum launch tour which will see us play at fes­ti­vals from Ben­bec­ula to Tiree and Oban to Italy.

‘The re­sponse to our mu­sic so far has been great and this sum­mer tour is our first ma­jor tour, and with 21 dates, we are cer­tainly be­ing kept busy!

‘Most of the band is from Ar­gyll so we are de­lighted to be play­ing sev­eral fes­ti­vals in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Markie Dans, ButeFest and Mull of Kin­tyre Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. We’ve got some ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing up, in­clud­ing tours in the US and through­out Europe and we’re look­ing for­ward to bring­ing our sound to new au­di­ences!’

Daniel Gille­spie, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Oban Live and Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, and found­ing mem­ber of Celtic rock band Sk­er­ryvore, said: ‘I can still clearly re­mem­ber the first time I heard Heron Val­ley as they sup­ported Sk­er­ryvore in the Three Vil­lages Hall in Ar­rochar as a lo­cal group of school kids.

‘Even then, I re­mem­ber be­ing blown away by their en­ergy and tech­ni­cal abil­ity.

‘From that point, I have watched them de­velop into the most promis­ing act on the scene and this al­bum is con­fir­ma­tion of that.

‘They have a fo­cus and ma­tu­rity that is way be­yond their years and that matched with their nat­u­ral abil­ity makes them a band with a very big fu­ture. They were a huge hit at TMF last year so we are de­lighted to wel­come them back for TMF2017.’

For more in­for­ma­tion about gig dates and where to pur­chase the al­bum, please visit: https://www.heron­va­l­ley­band.co.uk/

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